Historic Train Station Anchors Redevelopment Plan
Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, one of America’s busiest railroad hubs, will be the centerpiece of a major civic overhaul, and WSP USA is helping to develop a district plan to rejuvenate the area surrounding the iconic station.
WSP is part of a team led by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) that developed a district plan released in June 2016. As part of the SOM team, WSP was responsible for leading the multifaceted transportation elements of the plan and also provided project management support.
A Civic Vision
The district plan represented an opportunity to create a compelling, modern civic vision for the area around the 30th Street Station, which serves Amtrak, SEPTA and NJ TRANSIT. With the monumental rail station, built in 1933, at its core, the district plan supports the station’s role as an intermodal transportation hub and community center.
The SOM team, which also includes OLIN and HR&A Advisors, was selected by Amtrak, Drexel University, and Brandywine Realty Trust, with the goal of creating a dynamic, urban neighborhood surrounding the station, including opportunities for community development, economic development, and transit-oriented development. A wide range of commercial opportunities, including retail spaces within the station and the potential development of air rights above approximately 85 acres of rail yards adjacent to the station, were considered.
In addition to members from the SOM team, the district plan was guided by a coordinating committee that includes the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, City of Philadelphia, NJ TRANSIT, CSX Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and University City District. The effort was funded by Drexel University and its partners.